Utah Grizzlies - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/Grizzlies Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utah Grizzlies have high hopes as ECHL playoffs open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57831920-77/utah-bakersfield-branham-grizzlies.html.csp West Valley City • Armed with their highest postseason seed in 14 years, the Utah Grizzlies open the ECHL playoffs Friday night against Bakersfield. They have high hopes. After languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference standings until Christmas, Utah surged down the stretch and has the look of a legitimate contender as the playoffs begin. “We’re playing well,” said first-year coach Tim Branham. “We’re confident we can get the job done. The Grizzlies won only seven of their first 21 g... West Valley City • Armed with their highest postseason seed in 14 years, the Utah Grizzlies open the ECHL playoffs Friday night against Bakersfield. They have high hopes. After languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference standings until Christmas, Utah surged down the stretch and has the look of a legitimate contender as the playoffs begin. “We’re playing well,” said first-year coach Tim Branham. “We’re confident we can get the job done. The Grizzlies won only seven of their first 21 g... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57831920@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:49:55 MDT Hockey: Utah Grizzlies to face Bakersfield Condors in ECHL playoffs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57815034-77/utah-bakersfield-april-condors.html.csp West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies will play Bakersfield in the first round of the ECHL playoffs. Game 1 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Friday night at the Maverik Center. Utah is the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Bakersfield became the No. 6 seed on Sunday night after suffering a 4-1 home loss to Las Vegas. The Grizzlies and Condors will meet for the first time in the postseason. Utah went 4-2 against Bakersfield during the regular season, including 2-0 at home. Playoff... West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies will play Bakersfield in the first round of the ECHL playoffs. Game 1 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Friday night at the Maverik Center. Utah is the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Bakersfield became the No. 6 seed on Sunday night after suffering a 4-1 home loss to Las Vegas. The Grizzlies and Condors will meet for the first time in the postseason. Utah went 4-2 against Bakersfield during the regular season, including 2-0 at home. Playoff... 57815034@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:25:17 MDT ECHL: Grizzlies eye playoffs after shootout loss to Idaho http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57812796-77/grizzlies-idaho-utah-shootout.html.csp West Valley City • With all due respect to top seeds Alaska and Ontario, a Utah-Idaho Western Conference final in the upcoming ECHL playoffs would likely be a good one. The Steelheads and Grizzlies concluded the regular season Saturday night at the Maverik Center, where Idaho escaped with a 3-2 shootout victory in front of 6,862 fans. The Grizzlies are the No. 3 seed in the West. The Steelheads are No. 4 seed. That puts them on opposite sides of the bracket, meaning they can’t meet before the co... West Valley City • With all due respect to top seeds Alaska and Ontario, a Utah-Idaho Western Conference final in the upcoming ECHL playoffs would likely be a good one. The Steelheads and Grizzlies concluded the regular season Saturday night at the Maverik Center, where Idaho escaped with a 3-2 shootout victory in front of 6,862 fans. The Grizzlies are the No. 3 seed in the West. The Steelheads are No. 4 seed. That puts them on opposite sides of the bracket, meaning they can’t meet before the co... 57812796@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:05:01 MDT ECHL: Utah Grizzlies beat Idaho Steelheads, clinch No. 3 playoff spot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57808626-77/grizzlies-utah-aubin-game.html.csp West Valley City • At the end of an exhilarating and sobering day, the Utah Grizzlies clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ECHL playoffs. Danick Paquette scored two goals, including the game-winner with 6:55 remaining, to lead Utah to a 3-2 victory over Idaho on Friday night at the Maverik Center. The Grizzlies will open next week’s first round of the playoffs at home after finishing with their highest seed since 2000. “It feels great,” said Utah coach Tim Branham. “We came a long way since ... West Valley City • At the end of an exhilarating and sobering day, the Utah Grizzlies clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ECHL playoffs. Danick Paquette scored two goals, including the game-winner with 6:55 remaining, to lead Utah to a 3-2 victory over Idaho on Friday night at the Maverik Center. The Grizzlies will open next week’s first round of the playoffs at home after finishing with their highest seed since 2000. “It feels great,” said Utah coach Tim Branham. “We came a long way since ... 57808626@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:43:02 MDT Utah Grizzlies beat Las Vegas in suspended game, 2-1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57803503-77/game-utah-branham-grizzlies.html.csp Kearns • If every suspended game that ended 18 hours after it started winds up like his first one, Utah coach Tim Branham wouldn’t mind playing more of them. David Vallorani scored his team-high 24th goal with 9:51 remaining Thursday afternoon to give the Grizzlies a 2-1 ECHL victory over Las Vegas at the Utah Olympic Oval. The game began Wednesday night at the Maverick Center but was stopped with 6:12 left in the second period because a broken pipe resulted in damaged ice. When play resumed, th... Kearns • If every suspended game that ended 18 hours after it started winds up like his first one, Utah coach Tim Branham wouldn’t mind playing more of them. David Vallorani scored his team-high 24th goal with 9:51 remaining Thursday afternoon to give the Grizzlies a 2-1 ECHL victory over Las Vegas at the Utah Olympic Oval. The game began Wednesday night at the Maverick Center but was stopped with 6:12 left in the second period because a broken pipe resulted in damaged ice. When play resumed, th... 57803503@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:24:36 MDT ECHL: Ice issues postpone Utah Grizzlies home game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57799737-77/game-grizzlies-utah-ice.html.csp West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies’ ECHL game against Las Vegas was postponed Wednesday night because of damaged ice that could not be repaired. The score was tied, 1-1, with 6:12 left in the second period when play was stopped. After waiting for nearly two hours, the game was called off and the fans at the Maverik Center were sent home. The outcome of the game is critical for Utah, which has only two more games remaining in the regular season. The Grizzlies are battling for third, fourth and... West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies’ ECHL game against Las Vegas was postponed Wednesday night because of damaged ice that could not be repaired. The score was tied, 1-1, with 6:12 left in the second period when play was stopped. After waiting for nearly two hours, the game was called off and the fans at the Maverik Center were sent home. The outcome of the game is critical for Utah, which has only two more games remaining in the regular season. The Grizzlies are battling for third, fourth and... 57799737@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:38:01 MDT Grizzlies battle for playoff position in final homestand http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57790700-77/grizzlies-games-season-final.html.csp The Utah Grizzlies close out the regular season with three home games this week, starting Wednesday night against Las Vegas. Depending on how they fare against Las Vegas on Wednesday and in a weekend series against Idaho, the Grizzlies can end up anywhere between third and fifth in the ECHL’s Western Conference. Finishing third or fourth would translate into home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. One win in their final three games will give the Grizzlies 37 this season — their mo... The Utah Grizzlies close out the regular season with three home games this week, starting Wednesday night against Las Vegas. Depending on how they fare against Las Vegas on Wednesday and in a weekend series against Idaho, the Grizzlies can end up anywhere between third and fifth in the ECHL’s Western Conference. Finishing third or fourth would translate into home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. One win in their final three games will give the Grizzlies 37 this season — their mo... 57790700@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:03:01 MDT ECHL: Utah Grizzlies beat Colorado Eagles 5-1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57766248-77/grizzlies-utah-colorado-eagles.html.csp The Utah Grizzlies beat the Colorado Eagles 5-1 on Wednesday night at the Maverik Center for the team’s ninth win in 11 games against Colorado this season. With the win, Utah (36-22-3-5) remains in third place in the Western Conference standings with five games remaining. The win also brings the Grizzlies one game closer to clinching home ice in the first round of the ECHL playoffs. “I thought we played a pretty solid game,” coach Tim Branham said. “We were really good on the penalty-kill, [Aa... The Utah Grizzlies beat the Colorado Eagles 5-1 on Wednesday night at the Maverik Center for the team’s ninth win in 11 games against Colorado this season. With the win, Utah (36-22-3-5) remains in third place in the Western Conference standings with five games remaining. The win also brings the Grizzlies one game closer to clinching home ice in the first round of the ECHL playoffs. “I thought we played a pretty solid game,” coach Tim Branham said. “We were really good on the penalty-kill, [Aa... 57766248@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:58:02 MDT ECHL: Martin Lee’s last-second goal lifts Utah Grizzlies over Colorado Eagles http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57741862-77/goal-grizzlies-lee-eagles.html.csp Loveland, Colo. • Martin Lee scored with one second remaining in the game to help the Utah Grizzlies rally past the Colorado Eagles, 2-1, for their second road win in as many days during ECHL play Saturday. The Eagles scored midway through the third period for a 1-0 lead. Utah tied the game a minute later with a goal by Adam Pineault. The game appeared headed for overtime until Lee silenced the home crowd with his second goal of the season. Igor Bobkov made 16 saves for the Grizzlies. The Salt... Loveland, Colo. • Martin Lee scored with one second remaining in the game to help the Utah Grizzlies rally past the Colorado Eagles, 2-1, for their second road win in as many days during ECHL play Saturday. The Eagles scored midway through the third period for a 1-0 lead. Utah tied the game a minute later with a goal by Adam Pineault. The game appeared headed for overtime until Lee silenced the home crowd with his second goal of the season. Igor Bobkov made 16 saves for the Grizzlies. The Salt... 57741862@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:10:01 MDT ECHL: D.J. Jelitto leads Utah over Colorado, 6-3 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57744976-77/utah-colorado-goal-jelitto.html.csp Loveland, Colo. • D.J. Jelitto two goals to propel the Utah Grizzlies over the Colorado Eagles, 6-3, in ECHL play Friday night. Charles Sarault scored his first goal of the season to put Utah ahead 1-0 in the first period. The Grizzlies scored three goals in the second period — two by Jelitto. They also scored the final four goals of the game, including two in the third period on just four shots. In fact, Colorado outshot Utah 13-4 in the final period. Mathieu Aubin had a goal and two assists, a... Loveland, Colo. • D.J. Jelitto two goals to propel the Utah Grizzlies over the Colorado Eagles, 6-3, in ECHL play Friday night. Charles Sarault scored his first goal of the season to put Utah ahead 1-0 in the first period. The Grizzlies scored three goals in the second period — two by Jelitto. They also scored the final four goals of the game, including two in the third period on just four shots. In fact, Colorado outshot Utah 13-4 in the final period. Mathieu Aubin had a goal and two assists, a... 57744976@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:31:01 MDT ECHL: Utah Grizzlies lose 2-0 as Colorado Eagles gain ground http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57736029-77/grizzlies-colorado-eagles-ground.html.csp The Utah Grizzlies’ four-game winning streak ground to a halt Wednesday night in Loveland, Colo., as the Colorado Eagles scored two late goals to break a scoreless tie. With the win, Colorado (31-21-7-4) moved to within a half game of the Grizzlies (33-22-3-5) for the third spot in the Western Conference. Utah had beaten Colorado six straight times before the loss. Grizzlies goalie Igor Bobkov, the reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Week, stopped 29 of the 30 shots that came his way. A.J. Hau score... The Utah Grizzlies’ four-game winning streak ground to a halt Wednesday night in Loveland, Colo., as the Colorado Eagles scored two late goals to break a scoreless tie. With the win, Colorado (31-21-7-4) moved to within a half game of the Grizzlies (33-22-3-5) for the third spot in the Western Conference. Utah had beaten Colorado six straight times before the loss. Grizzlies goalie Igor Bobkov, the reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Week, stopped 29 of the 30 shots that came his way. A.J. Hau score... 57736029@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:35:02 MDT ECHL: Utah scores four goals in second period to beat Idaho http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57717773-77/utah-period-goals-idaho.html.csp West Valley City • On military appreciation night at the Maverik Center, in front of more than 9,000 fans, the surging Utah Grizzlies scored four second-period goals to beat the Idaho Steelheads, 4-1, in perhaps their most impressive and decisive victory of the season against their closest competition in a tight Western Conference playoff race. With the win, Utah remains in third place with nine games remaining in the regular season. “It was a real big win in front of a good crowd against a ... West Valley City • On military appreciation night at the Maverik Center, in front of more than 9,000 fans, the surging Utah Grizzlies scored four second-period goals to beat the Idaho Steelheads, 4-1, in perhaps their most impressive and decisive victory of the season against their closest competition in a tight Western Conference playoff race. With the win, Utah remains in third place with nine games remaining in the regular season. “It was a real big win in front of a good crowd against a ... 57717773@www.sltrib.com Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:12:06 MDT Utah Grizzlies beat Colorado Eagles 4-2 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57714884-77/utah-goals-eagles-paquette.html.csp The Utah Grizzlies beat the Colorado Eagles 4-2 at the Maverik Center on Friday for the team’s sixth straight win over the Eagles in a key matchup between the third and fourth seeded teams in a tight Western Conference playoff race. With the win, Utah improves to 32-21-3-5 and still has the fewest home losses in the the ECHL this season. “That was a big win for us,” Grizzlies coach Tim Branham said. “Going up on [Colorado] by three [standings] points is huge. They’re a good team, they came at us... The Utah Grizzlies beat the Colorado Eagles 4-2 at the Maverik Center on Friday for the team’s sixth straight win over the Eagles in a key matchup between the third and fourth seeded teams in a tight Western Conference playoff race. With the win, Utah improves to 32-21-3-5 and still has the fewest home losses in the the ECHL this season. “That was a big win for us,” Grizzlies coach Tim Branham said. “Going up on [Colorado] by three [standings] points is huge. They’re a good team, they came at us... 57714884@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:50:16 MDT ECHL: Utah continues hot streak with 2-1 win over Stockton http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57704687-77/stockton-utah-goal-period.html.csp West Valley City • With 11 games remaining in the regular season, the surging Utah Grizzlies have already surpassed their win total from a season ago. After defeating the Stockton Thunder 2-1 on Wednesday, Utah improves to 31-21-3-5 and wins three of four games to finish the series with Stockton. “It would have been nice to score on a few more of our chances, but I thought we played really well,” said Coach Tim Branham. “We put up a lot of shots and played pretty solid defensively … but I’m pro... West Valley City • With 11 games remaining in the regular season, the surging Utah Grizzlies have already surpassed their win total from a season ago. After defeating the Stockton Thunder 2-1 on Wednesday, Utah improves to 31-21-3-5 and wins three of four games to finish the series with Stockton. “It would have been nice to score on a few more of our chances, but I thought we played really well,” said Coach Tim Branham. “We put up a lot of shots and played pretty solid defensively … but I’m pro... 57704687@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:36:01 MDT